February 23, 2024

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Sexual misconduct: Urgent claim against Montreal psychologist

Sexual misconduct: Urgent claim against Montreal psychologist

A Montreal psychologist is the subject of a rare request for immediate deregistration by his professional order, fearing for the public's safety if he continues to practice.

The Order of Psychiatrists of Quebec (OPQ) accuses Gilles Michel Ouimet of having sex with a patient, interfering in her private affairs and conducting nightly psychotherapy sessions that sometimes lasted seven hours straight.

The psychologist also teaches a course on cybercriminal personality analysis at Polytechnique Montreal.

In addition to a temporary radiation, the decree calls for a limitation of its practice to exclude women.

“Continued Prohibition”

“We are very worried,” said Me Sabrina Lacroix representing the Assistant Trustee of the Order. Before the disciplinary committee on Friday Mr. He condemned Ouimet's “persistent obstruction”.

Evelyn Marcille-Denault, an assistant union member, tried to contact the patient “despite being specifically told not to do so”.

He said he has not received any documents from the psychologist despite repeated requests. The files and notes allow to know the nature of the services rendered to the patient, their duration and the psychological state of the latter.

She, whose identity has been withheld, began consulting a psychologist in 2019. The psychotherapy sessions until November 2022 took place mostly in the middle of the night and into the early hours of the morning.

The psychologist allegedly engaged her in certain professional activities, for example, receiving personal mail from his patient's wife at his home.

In 2023 many sexual relations will happen. Before the Auxiliary Member Council Mr. Ouimet read candid email exchanges between her and the patient, where she talks about their antics and compares her pelvic movements to “degenerate” waves. .

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The alleged actions are extreme and extreme, pleaded Me Lacroix does not exclude the psychologist from the same situation again.

“Nothing is certain”

For his part, Me Robert Brunet defended his client, who was not present at the hearing, saying there was nothing to condemn him in the order.

“These are doubts, fears […] Just hearsay,” he condemned. He highlighted his 40-year career and no prior record. Ultimately he told the council that his client wanted to resign.

Once the parties have decided on his desire to leave the profession, the Disciplinary Council shall take the case under advisement.

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